Need to know
136, including seven suites.
Noon; check-in, from 3pm.
Double rooms from $147.30 (£122), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is not usually included, except for guests booking a Superior Room or above.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, DVD library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bottled water, Nespresso machines, kettle and a selection of teas and locally made bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Garden Paradise Suite is the headline act, with views of the Old Town stretching beyond Arthur’s Seat as far as the Firth of Forth, with one-off statement furnishings brightened with riotously hued florals. Our special-occasion pick is 507 on the top floor for its giant Victorian window looking straight out at Edinburgh Castle. If you’re after more traditional lodging, or visiting in festival season, ask for a room on the Royal Mile – this part of the hotel dates back 300 years.
The hotel's spa is equally vibrant, with turquoise walls and stripes and cool chintz prints. Indulgent treatments include Eve Lom and Aromatherapy Associates facials, massages, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures and manly treatments for your Mr Smith.
Some understated threads in neutral hues to avoid clashing with the wallpaper, vividly hued jewels, and a scarf to ward off the Edinburgh wind in style.
There’s also a lovely courtyard seating area.
Pooches can join the party for £50 a stay. Bowls are provided, but the restaurant is off limits. See more pet-friendly hotels in Edinburgh.
Little Smiths are welcome; cots provided free for children up to 12; kids over 12, £45 a night. Babysitting with a local nanny is available for £10–£15 an hour (book two days in advance).